New Pattern: Graphium Shawl

Debuting today at Stitches West ….

Graphium!

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Graphium weiskei lives only in the highlands of New Guinea. Like many of the butterflies in the Graphium genus, the purple spotted swallowtail has intense pastel patterning outlined in black.

The Graphium colorway (available from A Hundred Ravens) is inspired by this flashy butterfly.

(psst: use coupon code RKGraphium for 50% off — expires 2/29/2016)

IMG_0504Graphium is curved asymmetrical triangle worked from narrow tip to broad end. Bands of lace in a colorful hand-dyed yarn are separated by narrow stripes of black. The lacy black edge is worked as you go, using basic intarsia techniques.

Graphium is easy to enlarge (or reduce). You will need about 2.5 yards of MC for every yard of CC.

Graphium is charted with full written directions for all charts.

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New Pattern: Winged Monkeys

It’s time for the third Steampunk Oz design!

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Winged Monkeys calls for two skeins of Aesir in complimentary colorways.  The sample uses “Ruby Slippers” and “Winged Monkeys” — the latter was influenced by this photo …

 

The Winged Monkeys were once a free people, living in the forests of Oz. They were carefree, but regrettably rather mischievous. They lost their freedom when the King of the Winged Monkeys, as a prank, tossed Quelala into a river, ruining his silk and velvet outfit. Gayelette (his fiancée) was furious and enslaved them to the Golden Cap, which allows its possessor to command the Winged Monkeys three times.

This shawl shapes a variegated colorway into the swooping curves of wings. A complimentary tonal colorway fills in the gaps and edges to create an easy-to-wear crescent shape.IMG_9804

Worked primarily in garter stitch, this design uses basic increases and decreases, slipped stitches, short rows, and picked-up stitches to create the shapes and join the pieces together.

IMG_9825Winged Monkeys is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for The Wizard (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Wheels (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn).

New Pattern: The Wizard

It’s time for the second Steampunk Oz design! This time I’m using two skeins of Aesir in “The Wizard” — blues and yellows like this book cover…

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Oscar Zoroaster was an ordinary ventriloquist and balloonist in Barnum & Bailey’s Great Consolidated Shows, until his balloon ropes twisted and he floated away to the land of Oz.

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The stitch pattern on [The Wizard](/patterns/library/the-wizard-3) shows off high-contrast variegated colorways with a combination of no-wrap short rows and knitting on the bias. Colors pool between garter-stitch stripes, calling to mind the panels and gores of a hot air balloon. The stole is stretchy and drapes delightfully, curling in slightly at the edges.

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This pattern is easily adapted to any yarn weight (just use the right size needle) and any yardage (cast on an even number of stitches, do as many repeats of the pattern as you like).

The Wizard is part of the Steampunk Oz Collection. Look for Winged Monkeys (two skeins of DK yarn), Glinda (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn), and Wheels (two skeins of fingering-weight yarn).
[1]: http://www.rareozbooks.com/images/Dorothy-and-the-Wizard-of-oz-3.jpg

New Pattern: Crosswind Pullover

I’m pleased to bring you Crosswind!

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Crosswind is a cropped sweater that features dramatic flared cuffs, a scoop neck, and deep ribbing at the waist. The cuffs fold back over ¾-length sleeves and are sewn in place: use your favorite buttons for a decorative accent. Crosswind borrows its silhouette from the sweaters of the 50’s, with steampunk details to delight and inspire.

Worn with 1-2” of positive ease, this garment is both forgiving and flattering. Body and sleeves are worked bottom-up, in the round, until armhole bind-offs. The ribbed neckline is worked in the round from picked-up stitches. Traditional sleeve caps provide a tailored fit. Pattern includes directions for plain ribbed cuffs.

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I’m especially excited to launch this design, because Knitcrate is offering a limited-edition Crosswind kit. The kit includes the pattern, yarn, and some awesome extras. You have a choice of three exclusive colorways of Aesir from A Hundred Ravens.

Aesir is a round and bouncy 8-ply superwash merino that straddles the line between sport and DK. It has the perfect combination of substance and drape when worked at a DK gauge (5.5 spi). The 8 plies are actually four 2-ply strands, cabled back on themselves; this lends Aesir durability and strength, making it a near-perfect sweater yarn.

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This is a design that I’ve adored pretty much from the first sketch all the way through blocking and photography.  This isn’t normally the case for me! I’m used to a certain stage of my design process where I kinda sorta hate what’s on the needles.

But Crosswind practically knit itself … I love the cuffs, love the deep ribbing, love the pretty scoop neck.

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New Pattern: Altitude Shawl

Done! Just in time for Stitches South ….

Altitude!

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Designed for two contrasting colorways, Altitude is a crescent-shaped shawl with an extravagant lace border. The shawl begins at the back neck with just three stitches. The body features a simple lace pattern flanked by garter-stitch wings, and is suitable for both tonal and moderately variegated colorways. The all-lace border is worked along the entire length of the shawl. Frequent increases in the border allow for dramatic blocking. The complex lace is best shown in a tonal colorway.

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New Pattern Promotion! Buy Altitude, and receive 25% off anything in my Ravelry store. No limit on number of patterns or ebooks; expires April 30th, 2015.

(No coupon code required — just put Altitude in your cart, and the discount should apply automatically to any pattern from my Rav store.)

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Some things I love about this shawl ….

* Color, color, color!  Be as WILD as you want to — the body section will stand up to moderate variegation, so don’t be shy!  Or … be subtle and sophisticated with mellow tonals that are closely related.  The choice is yours!

* Shape!  Crescents are my favorite shape for easy wearing. The curve keeps everything in place, and the fabric just swoops across your body with stately aplomb.

* Ruffles?  Almost! The massive increase in stitch count at the border means that extra fabric for extreme blocking, but it also means the edge goes 3D with very little effort. Lots of movement in the finished piece.

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